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Saturday, January 03, 2009

It is not entirely clear whether he is writing as a critic or a historian

[Jan 2, 2009 (title unknown) from enowning by enowning
Artforum
reviews Michael Fried's Why Photography Matters as Art as Never Before: UNTIL THE VERY END of the book, Fried’s argument remains curiously indeterminate in two respects. First, it is not entirely clear whether he is writing as a critic or a historian. This matters because he has admonished readers not to confuse the two. Indeed, as he asserted in the introduction to his volume of collected essays from 1998, “between myself as historian of the French antitheatrical tradition and the critic who wrote ‘Art and Objecthood’ there looms an unbridgeable gulf.” Is the present book, then, a continuation of his “genealogy” of art and theatricality, or is it criticism of contemporary art? Because he occasionally renders judgments on particular pictures or practices]

After Heehs alerted us to photographic manipulations, this can be studied as a subject in itself. [TNM]

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